Medical errors detected and corrected by a pediatric infectious diseases consultation service

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2005 Apr;26(4):417-20. doi: 10.1086/502561.


Errors occur frequently in healthcare and can adversely affect outcomes. This prospective study demonstrates that pediatric consultants can detect a broad range of errors in the course of routine work. Many of these errors have the potential to cause harm and can be corrected by the intervention of an infectious diseases consultant.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Communicable Diseases / diagnosis
  • Consultants*
  • Hospitals, Pediatric / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Medical Errors / classification
  • Medical Errors / statistics & numerical data*
  • Prospective Studies